Mr Wilding's words Autumn week 7
We have been blessed (in relative terms) this week by both fine weather and a very obvious reduction in coronavirus cases at Senior Boys, so long may both situations prevail. The holiday has permitted us that opportunity to refresh as well as 'firebreak' and the boys' willingness to adjust to our change in dining arrangements has been superb.
Public Health England has asked all schools to remind their families of the obvious real benefits of using Lateral Flow testing twice a week; sadly we no longer have the inventory provided to resupply families, so please do keep your stocks up via the local pharmacy, testing centres etc. or order online. We can help in emergencies though, please contact the school nurses directly. In their direction to schools in RBWM to reduce activity across age groups, this is only to keep people safe, and for our local authority the explosion in cases last month to in excess of 2,500 cases per 100,000 was a real concern.
Likewise, we will always have emergency face coverings available, but it is always better for boys to make use of their own supply of reusable ones of course.
PHE advice has meant that given the size and scale of normal GCSE parent evenings for 72 boys and their parents that we have had to 'go virtual' once more for Year 10 next week, but we are introducing the use of SchoolCloud to set up digital MEET appointments for parents and teachers to organise their meetings over the subsequent 6 days. We've also had to limit our interactions with external parties and suspend our interview days for our new entry for the same reason; by reducing the opportunities for spread, we are working hard to keep everyone safe.
We will review the 'reductions' on a weekly basis, and where possible will reopen specific opportunities (breakfast bar for example) as soon as possible.